New Haven cold case homicide leads to arrests

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HAMDEN — Hamden Police Chief E.P. Reynolds announced the arrest of two New Haven men in connection with a cold case homicide from 2019.

New Haven resident Darrelle McFadden was arrested on April 3 following the issuance of an arrest warrant facilitated by State’s Attorney John P.

Doyle Jr. for the Judicial District of New Haven.

McFadden faces charges of felony murder and first-degree robbery.

He is being held on a $1.5 million bond and is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court on April 17.

A second New Haven resident, Patrick Ratliff-Jones, was arrested on April 8 in relation to the same homicide.

Ratliff-Jones also faces charges of felony murder and first-degree robbery, with a bond set at $2.5 million.

His court appearance is set for April 9 at the New Haven Superior Court.

The arrests stem from an incident on Dec. 8, 2019, when Hamden Police responded to a 911 call reporting gunfire and a person lying in the roadway on Whiting Street.

Officers discovered 21-year-old Dennis Allen-Paige with fatal gunshot wounds.

The investigation by the Major Crimes Unit and the Criminal Intelligence Unit of the Hamden Police Department, led by Detective Sean Nutcher, utilized forensic science and cooperative efforts with the New Haven Police Department to identify the suspects.

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